November Bucket List

November cheer!! :) How has everyone’s autumn been going?

I’ve had quite a successful season so far… and overall I’m a happy, blessed person right now. But also inwardly crying because yesterday was the last of October.

We’ve been to a bonfire and an apple barn and eaten cider doughnuts and stargazed (not technically with a telescope, just… lowkey). All fabulous goals, and checks off the list. But we have November and part of December still to go. Here’s my small bucket list of remaining goals for the remainder of autumn.

 

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I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year (um, again), but I’m going to set slightly more intense goals for myself and CRACK DOWN on the WIP (with God’s help) (and a lot of coffee and cider and other toasty creativity-fueling drinks). Insane amounts of writing. Like I needed more stress in my life right now hahahah. Also just realized that this paragraph is nothing but parentheses.

My daily word goal just in case you’re wondering:

Starting today, I’m gonna say about 800 – 1,000 words per day. So that I can fail miserably and disappoint myself. I am also completely unprepared and panicking.

 

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to find myself a snuggly, big-knit sweater. It’s a perfect goal for this time of year. There are many reasons.

  • cozy to curl up in
  • a fantastic place to hibernate
  • they’re a well-known bookworm thing
  • they can be found in delicious colors like cream and coffee and heather
  • you can slap people with the floppy sleeves

All the good reasons.

 

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Um this is kind of a classic. And something of a given, yes. One of the best things about autumn is flopping in a huge, crackling pile of brittle, crimson-stained leaves. We all agree on that one. But it’s a little trickier for me because we don’t get a ton of fallen leaves in our yard… pines and magnolias seriously spoil the fun. I just need to go borrow a neighbor’s yard and leaf pile, I guess.

 

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Alll the candles. There’s nothing that says seasonal like a pumpkin spice candle burning. Or another scent, for those of us who are not pumpkin spice appreciators. I personally go back and forth. Does burning a candle put anyone else in a motivated, cleaning mood? For some reason it does me.

 

 

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Or through a convenient park. I still have not done this. (?!) I’ve been meaning to – what better chance to do a family photo shoot? Why don’t I have time for anything in my life? There’s just something about taking walks this time of year. The temperature. The crisp, musty scent. The susseration of the deadened leaves still clinging to their trees (just discovered that word last year and it’s been one of my favorites since). It’s a thing that needs to happen.

 

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So apparently I’ve only done this one other time in my life?? Plus I can’t remember because I think I was eight years old at the time. I’ve never tried my hand at it again, though I’ve been wanting to. Because I mean. Cinnamon rolls are the most amazing thing. Making them yourself sounds like happiness (though my experience will more likely be along the lines of painful efforts, messy countertops, spilled cinnamon, and questionable results. but let’s not be realistic here). If anyone has an amazing recipe or link to a recipe you’d like to share, please do. It would make my day (and my cinnamon rolls, haha). Really bad joke, sorry.

 

 

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Hahaha. Ha. That’s as far as I’m gonna take this one. Some people set the goal of taking early morning autumn walks… every morning… which in theory sounds like poetry and refreshingly frosty morning air, but in reality is a whole lot more like bleary sleep eyes and misery and hypothermia.

 

 

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And of course go tromping in them. I love the way these look – like, they’d be excellent for nut foraging. Leaf collecting. Apple picking. Many things. They’re boots that look made for adventure. And they’re stylish, too. :)

 

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We’re not planning on making it to a pumpkin patch this year, which is sad, yes. But the grocery stores have lovely pumpkins. It’s not the experience you’d get otherwise – yeah, choosing a pumpkin from a jumble of them in a cardboard box isn’t quite the same – but I still love the challenge of finding the perfect one. The really round, smooth one-and-only with no spots and a creamy skin.

 

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A very happy goal. Sparklers have become a well-known summer thing… people who skip 4th of July and save these things till autumn are cooler (another really, really bad joke. i’m so sorry). Imagine it – drawing sizzling designs on the air with clouded breath and chilled fingertips rather than with sweaty hands in the midst of a mosquito cloud. Sounds appealing, no?

 

Have a wonderful rest of the season, ya’ll.

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Is anyone else in shock that Thanksgiving is almost upon us? Comment below to chat (or if you have a cinnamon roll recipe to share XD). I’d love to hear from you.

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Of the Sea (a photography post)

Hello, all.

Today I smash the pleasant, almost-autumn theme I had going here. With pictures from our beach vacation. I was originally planning on posting September 30th (and getting all this belated beachiness hashed out before October), but that was the day we got back from the beach… the thought of sitting down to write a blog post brought nothing but stress.

So I ignored it, like I usually do my problems.

We accomplished much. We collected shells and waded in the sea and tracked in a ton of sand. We saw a hammerhead shark, which was beyond cool.

I found one flawless sand dollar. Which just does not happen to me.

But then none of us – and I mean none of us – got anything like a tan. We’re so white; at best we freckle and burn (those pesky Irish genes). Practically everyone I know has these attractive end-of-September suntans… and I’m like

 

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Enjoy. :)

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yes, I tried the dorky shells-along-the-arm thing. it came out surprisingly well.

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Have a wonderful October, ya’ll.

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Happenings: a life update

Hello everyone, this is just a brief mini-post. Happy 4th of May! I’ve been taking something of a break anyway, but here’s the official announcement: I’m taking an unofficial break from blogging for the rest of this month. Now, let’s just pretend I’ve done a consistent job of posting lately, and deserve this vacation. XD

And here’s a small update.

April was an overall fantastic month for us. There was one bad day we thought our puppy got out the fence… cue a lot of ensuing panic. We ran around the neighborhood calling her for half an hour only to find when we got back that she was STILL IN THE YARD. Of course, by that time I was already in a state of completely exhausted stress. Good times.

Homeschool’s been going as well as it usually does… though we’re not taking a summer break since we’ve taken so many other small breaks this year. :( (It tends to wind up better that way, though – after a longish break I typically find I’ve forgotten everything.)

My writing for the past month or two has consisted mostly of pulling my hair out – and drinking coffee while staring into space. I’ve cranked out a little bit of plot/outline ramblings, but it isn’t much.

Books I’ve been reading:

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Only six for April. [Insert plausible excuse other than the same old “I’ve been busy” here.] And, of course, The False Prince and Book of a Thousand Days technically might not even count, since they’re re-reads. Oh well. Westmark and Halt’s Peril were both great, and I’m currently reading The Emperor of Nihon-Ja. But then The Frog Princess was just… ew. I had my doubts when I came across it (the kinda cheesy girly-pink cover, ya know?)… and, yeah. Was not at all impressed. As a side note, it also happens to be the book Disney’s The Princess and the Frog was [loosely] based upon.

Anyhow, new things to come! In future I’ll be implementing a heading picture for each new post –  in hopes that it will really boost the attractiveness of my little blog. :) And real efforts will be made to post more constructive (and just… more, period) writing posts. Not saying they’ll be more frequent… we’ll have to wait and see.

I’ll be looking forward to June. Till then!

Yes, that sounded a lot cheesier than it did in my head.

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What books have you been reading? Did April go well for everyone else? I’d love to hear from you!